Fomer Merryville Police Chief sued
DERIDDER - Two women have sued Merryville's former police chief, accusing James Fowler of stopping their car without justification and making them submit to a strip search on the street.
The American Press reported Thursday that the Town of Merryville and the Merryville Police Department are co-defendants.
Merryville is on the Texas border north of Lake Charles near DeRidder.
Fowler did not immediately answer a telephone message from The Associated Press at his home Friday. Calls to Town Hall were not answered. Police Chief Jason Lanier did not immediately answer a call for comment.
Fowler pleaded guilty in April to abusing his office and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
The suit was filed in March, about a year after the alleged incident.
Merryville and its police department asked in April for it to be moved from district court to federal court.
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